A Community Discussion with the Colorado Association of Municipal Utilities (CAMU)
Colorado Municipalization Experts, moderated by Dan Hodges, Executive Director, CAMU
CAMU is a non-profit organization that provides legislative representation, training and information to the 29 cities and towns of Colorado that own and operate their own electric systems. The primary mission of CAMU is to represent the interests of municipal electric systems at the Colorado State Legislature in a nonpartisan manner. CAMU believes that the needs of Colorado’s municipal electric systems are best met at the local level. To that end, CAMU works to urge our state and federal elected officials to respect the sanctity of local control in Colorado. The CAMU panel will focus on legislative and legal considerations that municipalized communities face and how CAMU provides assistance.
Dan Hodges, Executive Director of CAMU, will moderate the evening’s panel which will consist of professionals in the municipal utility industry: William McEwan, Phil Movish and Craig Johnson.
William McEwan has practiced energy law in Colorado for 35 years and currently serves as Assistant General Manager and General Counsel to the Arkansas River Power Authority, headquartered in Lamar, Colorado, which furnishes the wholesale electric power needs of its member municipalities — Holly, Lamar, La Junta, Las Animas, Springfield, and Trinidad. Mr. McEwan served as legal counsel on an evaluation of municipalization in Pueblo, has authored power supply RFP’s, and has prepared the financing documentation and construction contracting for a variety of generation projects, including a wind power project commissioned in 2004. He has negotiated green tag sales contracts for renewable energy facilities, and he has written several integrated resource plans for electric utilities.
Phil Movish is partner and executive consultant of Energy & Resource Consulting Group, LLC. He has forty years experience with public and privately owned utilities, with emphasis on development of long-range resource and capital expansion plans, electric transmission and distribution studies, merger and acquisition matters, asset appraisal studies, capital financing programs, litigation support, and regulatory proceedings.
Craig Johnson is currently the outside legal counsel for CAMU. Mr. Johnson is an experienced trial lawyer who has represented electric and telecommunications utilities in litigation and regulatory contexts, including insurance coverage and risk management, prosecution and defense of actions related to destruction of facilities, membership disputes in joint action agencies, and disputes over.